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‘Fly aerobatics’

Article | Oct 21, 2015

There is much to gain when a pilot hones skills for aerobatic competition.

Texas toast

Article | Sep 30, 2015

A long, hot day of waiting capped by an aerobatic twofer did not prove the best possible recipe for solid scores for a new competitor at the 2015 U.S. National Aerobatic Championships.

Holland in rarefied air

Article | Sep 29, 2015

Rob Holland captured an unprecedented fifth consecutive national aerobatic championship, then added freestyle gold to his mounting medal count.

Spin out

Article | Sep 29, 2015

Catherine Cavagnaro understands why many pilots are hesitant to try spin training. Her goal is to impress upon them that with proper knowledge and proper altitude, spins are "fun up high, but deadly down below."

Personal best

Article | Sep 24, 2015

Finding satisfaction, with or without a trophy, is one of the keys to making a long career in competition aerobatics.

Corner man

Article | Sep 23, 2015

Pilots flying the lowest categories in the U.S. National Aerobatic Championships must learn patience, first.

'Down low, up close'

Article | Sep 22, 2015

Greg Koontz loves flying, and he loves flying American Champion aircraft. The award-winning airshow pilot is bringing his Decathlon Xtreme to the AOPA Fly-In at Tullahoma Regional Airport (THA) on Oct. 10 to share the love with attendees.

Coming together

Article | Sep 17, 2015

With the U.S. National Aerobatic Championships just days away, pilots converge from the corners of the country, practicing and polishing along the way.

Sweet silence

Article | Sep 10, 2015

Gliders, at least a few of them, are fully capable of pulling you out of your seat, shaking and stirring the soul—in the right hands, of course.

Aerobatic budget

Article | Sep 03, 2015

Competing in the aerobatic box requires dollars, and lots of them. Where there’s a will, and perhaps a willingness to share, there’s a way.

Holland shines

Article | Sep 02, 2015

Rob Holland’s unprecedented third freestyle victory at the World Aerobatic Championships gave the U.S. team reason to celebrate amid another disappointment.

Acro breakdown

Article | Aug 27, 2015

Sometimes the best way to build something is to bust it into little pieces. An aerobatic competition sequence is one example.

Among friends

Article | Aug 20, 2015

Pilots count on friends and family to make organized aerobatic competition possible, and each contest poses a logistical challenge that requires many volunteers.

Humble pie

Article | Aug 10, 2015

Turning the wrong way in the aerobatic box makes competition, in the sense of being competitive, difficult. A sense of humor and resilient ego come in handy.

Letters: From our July 2015 issue

Pilot Magazine | Aug 06, 2015

Our debates always generate a lot of mail from readers, and the discussion aboutthe best way to fly to OSH didn’t disappoint.

Mental gymnastics

Article | Jul 30, 2015

Mastering the mental discipline required to score well in aerobatic competition is arguably both the greatest challenge, and the greatest reward.

Flying with fire

Article | Jul 30, 2015

As performers crisscrossed the Oshkosh, Wisconsin, night sky with sparks streaming from their wings, the crowd was treated to a tradition with surprisingly deep roots.

IMC Club on verge of merger with EAA

Article | Jul 28, 2015

IMC Club began as a way to exchange real-world instrument flight rules discussions and now the popular monthly meetings and video lesson format is on the verge of merging with the EAA.

Lakeland AeroClub finds its place at AirVenture

Article | Jul 25, 2015

Ten young aviators learning about aviation from the Lakeland AeroClub in Florida flew two Pipers and three Cessnas to EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, from their home base at Central Florida Aerospace Academy high school on the grounds at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport.

Light fantastic

Slideshow | Jul 23, 2015

Aerobats dazzle even in the daytime, but the night airshow at EAA AirVenture is a magical sight.

Redbird to test Sidekick training transmitter

Article | Jul 19, 2015

A device that can collect and transmit data with no connections to the airplane can report flight stresses directly to flight schools, according to Redbird Flight Simulations.

AOPA has something for everyone at 2015 AirVenture

Article | Jul 15, 2015

AOPA has nearly four dozen events planned at the association’s front-row position on the flight line during EAA AirVenture, July 20 through July 26.

Never Again: Speaking up

Pilot Magazine | Jul 07, 2015

I was influenced by the senior pilot to my right, who I believed had experience in dealing with decisions like this.